Surrey gain upper hand on day one
11 wickets fell on day one of this LV= Insurance County Championship match as Surrey claimed the initial upper hand over Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
On a day that began with the Club’s annual church service, sadly there was no divine intervention for Somerset under blue skies in Taunton.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts were dismissed for 180. By the close of play Surrey had reached 56 for one in reply.
Jordan Clark made the first breakthrough with the total on 17 as Ben Green chased a wide one and edged to second slip. It was 21 for two when Tom Lammonby fell lbw looking to play a delivery from Worrall through the leg side, and 27 for three when Tom Abell cut Jamie Overton to point.
Tom Banton was dropped on five, and had made 12 from 45 balls when he was bowled shouldering arms to a delivery from Atkinson that nipped back off the seam. By lunch, Somerset had reached 54 for four from 30 overs.
During the interval, those present were treated to an entertaining display of Super 1s cricket by local participants as part of this inclusion match.
The Club’s annual inclusion match is run in conjunction with the Somerset Cricket Foundation and is a way of recognizing all the fantastic achievements of those with a disability or additional needs who play cricket in the county plus the support that the parents, carers and coaches provide along the way.
The demonstration was also enjoyed by Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry who spent the lunch break chatting with the young players.
After the break Steve Davies fell for 22 to leave the hosts on 76 for five and that soon became 76 for six when Lewis Gregory became Jamie Overton’s third victim of the day. Roelof van der Merwe made eight before he was bowled by Worrall, and when Lewis Goldsworthy edged Worrall to Ryan Patel Somerset were 95 for eight.
Craig Overton and Josh Davey added 41 but Overton was struck in the head by a bouncer from his twin brother and was forced to leave the field for a head injury assessment. He was replaced by Peter Siddle but returned soon afterwards when the same fate befell Josh Davey. The Scotland man failed his concussion assessment and was replaced by Kasey Aldridge.
By tea, Somerset had reached 167 for eight.
In the final session, Craig Overton fell lbw to Atkinson, who then wrapped up the innings by gaining another leg-before decision against Aldridge.
With the Surrey reply on eight, Patel fell for a duck, lifting a ball from Siddle off his legs to present a simple catch to Aldridge at square leg. By the close of play Rory Burns and Hashim Amla had taken the visitors to 56 for one.
After play had finished, Somerset Batting Coach, Lachlan Stevens said: “Surrey bowled well today, but we didn’t find a way to absorb that pressure or counter attack. I think we made a few poor decisions under pressure today. They bowled beautifully in periods but we need to find ways to come through that and come out the other side.
“We’ll have to come back tomorrow and hit good areas for long periods of time. It’s going to be hard but hopefully we can create some inroads into the opposition and keep going.”
Regarding Josh Davey, Lachlan said: “He came off with a headache and he’s still got one. Head injuries aren’t to be trifled with. He was a bit dazed so unfortunately he had to be pulled out of the match.”
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